TRENDING Suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police: officials

TRENDING

Suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police: officials

VCG

08:59, December 14, 2018

The gunman suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting spree at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, was shot dead by French police on Thursday, ending a 48-hour manhunt.

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According to police sources, Cherif Chekatt was found about a mile from the site of Tuesday night's attack. Officials said when police officers tried to arrest him, he turned to fire and police shot and killed him.

The death toll from Tuesday's attack rose to three on Thursday. Thirteen others were seriously wounded.

Witnesses say Chekatt shouted "Allahu akbar" during the shooting.

A local taxi driver told French media that the gunman hijacked his car to escape. 

Chekatt had been on the run ever since.

The 29-year-old was a known religious extremist who was already considered a potential security risk by authorities. He had 27 prior convictions across France, Switzerland and Germany on charges, including theft, and was believed to have been radicalized in prison.

He was even deported from Germany to France at one point, although France says they saw no evidence he was planning an attack.

The Paris prosecutor's office said Chekatt's parents and two brothers are being held in custody. 

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